Georgia vs. Northern Macedonia – Euro 2020 Playoff, November 12

| November 9, 2020 4:13 pm PDT

History will be made in Tbilisi on Thursday, as one of Georgia or Northern Macedonia – both only independent countries for less than 30 years – will qualify for next summer’s European Championship.

This is the third time these two have played each other in just the last two months, so there can be no excuses from either side about a lack of preparation.

Georgia vs. Northern Macedonia Latest Odds

Georgia to Win+160
The Draw+181
Northern Macedonia to Win+163

BetOnline has this game almost too close to call, as both nations play what is undoubtedly the most important fixture in their combined history. With both games between the two this season ending in draws, it would seem as though the wise money would go towards another stalemate after 90 minutes.

Georgia vs. Northern Macedonia Match Preview

Georgia only won two of its ten group games during qualifying but has been steadily improving over the last few years. UEFA’s introduction of the Nations League, giving teams like Georgia more competitive fixtures, has been a huge success and now it has an incredible chance to qualify for a major final.

Manager Vladimir Weiss has not seen his team lose a single game in this calendar year and almost came away from Skopje with a win last time these two played. Only a stoppage-time penalty for the home side stopped Georgia from gaining a huge psychological advantage going into this game.

Northern Macedonia will look, as ever, to its talismanic captain Goran Pandev to lead the nation to an unlikely major tournament berth. The Genoa striker is now 37 and was set to retire at the end of last season before Euro 2020 was postponed due to the global pandemic. Now he has one more chance of international glory.

Aside from the two draws with Georgia, Northern Macedonia has also gone just under a year since its last defeat. The 2-1 win over Kosovo in the semi-final was probably the best result in the country’s history and now it is just one step from truly arriving on the European stage.

Georgia vs. Northern Macedonia Betting Pick

Pick
  • The Draw
    +181

With those two recent draws between the two countries in mind, another cagey affair is surely on the cards here. We may be surprised by one of Georgia or Northern Macedonia completely outplaying its opponent amid a barrage of goals. But the more likely outcome is that there are very few real chances in the 90 minutes and both sets of fans become more and more anxious as the night goes on.

Dan Roberts
Dan Roberts

Dan Roberts is an experienced freelance writer specialising in sports and sports betting. He is particularly knowledgeable about world soccer, but also writes about football, basketball and cricket.

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